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Forks Supervisors Reduce Meeting Schedule

Forks Township Board of Supervisors will only hold one work session and one regular meeting each month, half of what it held previously.

You're now going to get half the government you elected.

The has decided to reduce its monthly meeting schedules by half of its previous workload.

Last Thursday, the board voted to hold one work session meeting and one regular meeting each month as opposed to the two regular meetings and two work sessions scheduled previously.

Township Manager brought the idea to supervisors, saying that many governments go with an approach where there's a work session followed by a regular meeting a few weeks later.

Forks supervisors have been holding a work session at 6:30 p.m., followed by a regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. two Thursdays a month.

"Typically, a lot of municipalities have such meetings," Cornell stated. "With the workshop now, you're being rushed. We only have an hour. This will allow for open discussion and brainstorming where you don't have to make decisions and can hear ideas and then digest them before the regular final meeting."

Starting in September, the supervisors will hold a work session on the first Thursday of the month. A new time of 7 p.m. has been scheduled for those meetings.

The regular meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month.

Neighboring does not hold supervisor work session meetings.

The board agreed to try the new format on a three-month trial basis.

"It's a good concept," Supervisor John O'Neil said. "I'd like to try it from now until the end of the year."

"We can try it," Supervisors Chairman Erik Chuss said. "If we don't feel it's working, we can go back to the old way."

The board also decided that an agenda would be created for work session meetings.

"We need some structure and preparation," Supervisor Robert Egolf said. "We need to know what the staff wants to discuss. We need as much background as can be provided several days before so we don't hamper open discussion."

Supervisor Dan Martyak said the work session should have a cap of no more than three hours.

Egolf said that time also must be allotted for public input.

Chuss said the board can switch the work session to a special meeting if there's an item that needs an immediate decision and vote.

Regarding the meeting changes, Cornell said, "I'm always thinking of new ways, situations we can improve upon."

Nancy Bonfanti August 22, 2012 at 05:10 PM
I am looking at this as a step in the right direction. Meetings before other meetings are often rushed and inadequate in time and planning. Mr. Egolf is right, the more planning and information gathering prior to a work session the more beneficial in getting to the heart of things during the work sessions with the right information at hand. As a former athletic association member, I know the drill of waiting until the last minute to get the information you had a whole month to get when it's two days before the next meeting making it a scramble to get some sort of update so you don't look like a fool. The mindset needs to be a constant effort to make the Township a better place and not do the scramble thing. It allows for a constant flow of information from the work session to the meetings. I don't agree that work sessions should allow for public comment unless that person is officially involved in the topic at hand and invited to the meeting to provide specific information. Save public comment for the regular meetings. I hope it works out! Good luck.
Periscope August 23, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Great picture of Egolf struggling to stay awake. Chairman Chuss doesn't look pleased. This picture was taken when Marty Yak-Yak was giving one of his many long winded ramblings. This one on finance and how he would never approve of something if we didn't have the money up front. I wonder if he has a home mortgage or did he just save until he could pay cash. I wish the Patch would do a survey on how boring Marty Yak-Yak and others are in the minds of residents. Oops, cancel that survey. Who'd respond. Last Thursday's meeting was poorly attended. If the family and friends of the promoted police officer were not present, I'd say the Forks employees out numbered the public in attendance. Reducing meetings is good for the employees and township manager, all of whom don't live in the township. Now they don't have to travel late into the night to get home after a long meeting of self serving speeches. The public doesn't care since they don't go to meetings anyway. I guess supervisors don't have to discuss video streaming the one meeting a month. Why don't they drop the recordings too. All this is an indication of the frustration the public has with locally elected officials. Supervisors never liked public meetings because that would be too transparent. Heaven forbid the ublic may come to complain and demand better service. Less public meetings is bad for all of us.
Brett Bonfanti August 24, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Let's see you post this under you're real name, Periscope. Martyak was saying that he will not vote for something if there is no plan in place for payment; he did not say all of the money need be laid down up front. Every meeting is poorly attended and, just an FYI, the township employees that you took a shot at DO have to attend the workshop meetings, meaning they will continue to stay late those 2 nights of the month--I think it's good that the public can see their faces this way. Also, you indicate that the public has frustration with locally elected officials, but you also say the public doesn't care about it anyway.
Periscope August 24, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Two posts. Seems like the Marty Yak Yak Fan Club is present and accounted for. Since M YY wants to cap work sessions to three hours, he'll have to cut down on his windy comments. The fact of the matter is that Forks business is not complicated nor time consuming. It is Supervisors like M YY that make it so frustrating. That's why the public doesn't come ( except for his fan club members) The public is bored. Besides, the agendas don't tell us what is actually under discussion and vote. Just one or two words. That doesn't interest one to attend. Your posts bore me. Do you have anything for the good of the township to write about or is it all about me?

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